Ambassa feat. Nichola Richards - Ride The Samples (LP)

'Ride The Samples' is a project that pays tribute to some of the original songs that - thanks to sampling - later became the building blocks of world-famous hip-hop classics.

Hearing these 8 famously sampled soul classics re-arranged in reggae style  reveals how soul and reggae are deeply interconnected. When the first sound systems were born in jamaica, they used to play a lot of R&B and soul tunes from the states, the melodies and sounds of which, went on to influence the new wave of Jamaican music from ska, to rocksteady and then reggae.

In a similar way we find parallel influences in the States, where - in late 70’s Bronx - newly born hip-hop was deeply influenced by Jamaican immigrants with their street art of ‘dee-jaying’ (or 'toasting') over instrumental riddims.

‘Ride The Samples’ is our way of keeping this powerful mix of genres together, celebrating the original soul samples on which world-famous hip-hop classics are based.


Ambassa feat. Nichola Richards - As Long As I've Got You (single)

Following up the first single 'After Laughter Comes Tears' we're now proud to present the second one, from the upcoming LP 'Ride The Samples'. 'As Long As I've Got You’ is a reggae tribute to a classic soul sample used by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan for one of their best-known tracks, ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ from their 1993 debut album ‘Enter the 36 Chambers’.


Ambassa feat. Nichola Richards - After Laughter Come Tears (single)

A reggae cover of a great soul classic by Wendy Rene (also sampled by RZA of the WU-TANG Clan for T.E.A.R.Z. in 1993), After Laughter is the first single of an album titled 'Ride The Samples' which will be release in Jan 2017 and will see London based producer Matia Ambassa Gobbo and singer Nichola Richards re-interpreting 10 famously sampled soul classics in reggae style.

Wakeditown's first-ever release, 'After Laughter Comes Tears' was featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, 22tracks.com & Stretch & Bobbito's legendary NYC radio show played live by sound systems like Reggae Roast Soundsystem, Mungo's Hifi, and featured in a number of mixes and podcasts.

Now sold out on vinyl, you can still purchase  the digital version here.